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Michigan J-1 Visa Waiver Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Nov 1, 2023

Sarah Kleis


The Michigan State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program offers a J-1 Visa waiver to foreign physicians who commit to serving for 3 years in an underserved area of Michigan, waiving the foreign medical residency requirement and allowing them to remain in the United States.


Primary care physicians, hospitalists, and specialists are eligible to apply.

Priority is given to applications for:

  • Safety net providers working in:
    • County health departments
    • Federally Qualified Health Centers and Look-Alikes
    • Community mental health centers
    • Free clinics
    • Critical Access Hospitals and associated clinics
    • State correction and psychiatric facilities
    • Certified rural health clinics
  • Primary care specialties:
    • Family medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Internal medicine
    • Obstetrics/gynecology
    • Psychiatry
  • Placements in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), which have greater unmet need for primary care physicians than medically underserved areas and non-designated areas
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

This is an incentive program that offers foreign physicians a visa waiver, allowing them to work in the U.S.

Application process

Links to attachments, guidelines, and the application are available on the program website.

Submission procedures and an application checklist are provided in the application guidelines.

Submit completed application packages to:

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Policy and Planning
J-1 Visa Waiver Program
P.O. Box 30195
Lansing, Michigan 48909

The application cycle begins on the first business day in September and closes on the first business day of November. If fewer than 30 applications are received by the deadline, a second application window may be announced.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · Behavioral health workforce · Critical Access Hospitals · Federally Qualified Health Centers · J-1 Visa Waiver · Maternal health and prenatal care · Physicians · Primary care · Public health · Rural Health Clinics · Specialty care · Michigan

Organizations (1)

  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, view details

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